Club News

Couch to 5k Group Complete 5k Run

A huge congratulations is due the class of 2019 ‘Couch to 5k’ group who on Thursday night last, completed their celebratory 5k run to mark the end of their mentored couch to 5k programme. Over the past 8 weeks through hard work, perseverance and little help and support form our dedicated team of mentors this grate bunch successfully reached their fitness goals. All at Born to Run extremely proud of them.

The ‘Celebratory Run’ kicked off from Aras an Phobail at our usual 6:30 start time taking in the River Walk, Aqua Dome and the Ashe Hall before returning to the Aras Phobail for a medal presentation and reception. A special thanks is due to everyone who helped organise the night, the stewards, our water stop crew and all who baked, made tea or brought treats. Thanks also to Jack and Aras an Phobail for providing a brilliant venue to mark the occasion.

Of course our annual mentoring programmes are only possible, thanks to our dedicated group of mentors, who themselves are graduates of the programmes from years gone by. This is what keeps the club alive and what make the club such a special group to be part of.

Finally I would like to express the clubs dearest wish that this group of new 5k runners will be with us for years to come, whether they choose to continue progressing to 10k and beyond or stick to their 5k distance. Who can say maybe a few will be our mentors of the future.

120 Sign Up For Couch to 5k


On Tuesday 15th January Born to Run were delighted to welcome 120 new members to our club as they take on the couch to 5k programme. It was a phenomenal turn out and we wish them all the best over the coming weeks hoping they will enjoy themselves, achieve their fitness goals, make friends and remain with us long after the programme finishes.

The Born to Run couch to 5k programme is a slowly progressive one where we begin with our mentors taking the participants through our walk/run routine that begins with  predominantly walking interspersed with very brief periods of jogging. The jogging periods increase slightly over the course of the programme until our participants can comfortable run for a full 5k (3 miles aprox).

Although our mentors do not profess to be experts or trained coaches, they all have been through the BTR Couch to 5k previously and are delighted to be able to share their experience with our newest members.

BTR is 9 years old this year and 545 people have successfully completed the couch to 5k and many going on to 10k, half-marathon, marathon and beyond. Remember if you are looking for a healthy start to 2019 and you think our club can help you it’s not too late to join us on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 6:30pm from the Aqua Dome car park.


Born to run AGM

On Tuesday 20 November, Born To Run Tralee Marathon Club held its AGM at The Rose Hotel in Tralee, which saw the election of a new committee for 2019.

This will consist of JJ O’Connell as chair, Ann O’Shea as vice-chair, Rose Brosnan as secretary, Martin Moore as treasurer, Liam Horan as fundraising officer, Jack Moriarty as registrar, Marilyn O’Shea as social officer, Maria Moynihan as PRO and William Brick as minutes officer.

Ordinary members for the coming year will include Sandra Byrne, Betty Brosnan, Aoife O’Connor, Tom Dillon and Conor Cusack.

As well as reflecting on a successful year for the club- with highlights including raising over €2,000 for St Ita’s and St Joseph’s school through the sell-out 40 Mile Ultra Marathon event in July- new initiatives for the year ahead were also discussed.

These will include the return of the “Couch To 5K” training program in early January in addition to the current summer programme, the roll out of club training plans for both a spring and autumn marathon and plans for the club’s first official trip abroad to a race series in the UK in May. These developments will require the participation of extra mentors from the club, and existing members are encouraged to get involved.

In addition, the date for the Born To Run Christmas party was set for Saturday 1 December, with drinks at Benners Hotel from 8.30pm.

New members are always welcome, especially on Tuesday nights at 6.30pm at the Aquadome car park, where a social run is followed by refreshments.

Born to Run Ultra, A Sellout Success


The forth annual Born to Run Tralee 40 Mile Ultra and Relay took place on the 28th July with both the individual and 4 person relay events selling out, while the 2 person tag team had only one place left unfilled.

It was a mixed day weather wise with everything from glorious sunshine to torrential down pours. But even the heaviest of rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of our participants as they went through mile after mile to collect that medal waiting at the finish line.

The men’s event was won by Alex O’Shea in a course record of 4:29:20, with Keith Whyte in second and David O’Keeffe finishing in 3rd. Meanwhile Catherine Guthrie was first home in the ladies event with Jill McCann and Liz Leonard finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively. The 2 person tag was taken by David Toomey and Catherine Hannon, with John and Nickolas Liddane coming second and Tina Curtin and William Brick finishing 3rd.  The 4 person relay was won by ‘The Relics and the Dream Team’ with ‘Team O’Shea’ finishing 2nd and ‘Scrambled Legs’ finishing 3rd.

Thanks to all our participants who combined to make this such a memorable event and to all our superb volunteers who once again have been singled out for special mention in the feedback we received from the runners.

Hears looking forward to next year.

The Rose Hotel Supporting 40 Mile Event

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Born to Run are please to welcome the Rose Hotel’s support of our 40 Mile Ultra and Relay event on July 28th. The Rose is a beautiful 4 star hotel that has been refurbished recently and is conveniently located near the start finish line. So if you intend to spend a little time in Tralee we would be delighted to recommend the Rose. Visit for more.

Couch to 5k 2018 Begins

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Some of the New Couch to 5k group with their mentors at the start of week 2 of training.

We were delighted with huge interest in the 2018 couch to 5k programme, a total of 45 new members registered and started their journey to running five kilometers nonstop. New members are always welcome at BTR and are essential in keeping our club as strong as inclusive as we always have been Over the next few weeks the mentors will run alongside them sharing their experience and encouraging and cajoling them along the way. We wish each and everyone of them success in achieving their goals and hope they enjoy their experience with our club. We look forward to having them with us for many years to come.


BTR Launch Strength and Conditioning Class in Association With Achieve Fitness


Well in the modern world of distance running strength training is pretty much a given so in an attempt to keep up with modern best practice BTR has partnered with Achieve Fittness to bring you a 8 week programme of Strength and conditioning classes every Monday night in their Gum on Monavally Industrial est. With the club subsidising  the classes the 8 week programme is only costing our members €15. There was great interest in the initiative and the classes filled up within 25 minutes. We had our first taste on Mondat 15th of May and I for one really enjoyed it (even if I struggled to move for 2 days after). Big thanks to Mairead and Deirdre for the welcome and the great work out. Were looking forward to the coming weeks now.

New BTR Training with The Early Birds

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Not everyone finds training in the evening suitable so BTR has responded and now there’s training at 6:30am as well as 6:30pm. Like the standard BTR training the Early Birds leave from the Aqua Dome, but train on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Unfortunately though the couch to 5k  programme can not be facilitated at this time. However for the rest of our members if you want an early morning run why not join the guys one morning.

St. Ita’s Announced as Charity Partner

Born to Run Tralee Marathon Club are delighted to announce St. Ita’s and St. Joseph’s School as our charity partner for the 40 Mile Ultra Marathon and Relay. St. Ita’s and St. Joseph’s is a special school for students with mild learning difficulties. Pictured are the school’s principal Ms. Grace Sheehan and BTR ‘s volunteer coordinator Aoife O’Connor at the announcement earlier today. You can find out more about their work by visiting